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Patient Care Technicians, PCT, work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic patient care, in a variety of settings including: clinics, hospitals, urgent care medical facilities, wound care centers, nursing homes, home care agencies or long-term care facilities and physician's offices. The Patient Care Technician assists patients with many tasks they cannot do for themselves such as eating, getting out of bed, taking a bath and brushing their teeth. They check and record vital signs, height, weight, input and output; collect and test specimens; report and record patient's conditions; assist patients with their mobility-turn and positioning; transfer patients to-and-from a wheelchair; and assist with ambulation. They are able to perform CPR, first aid, electrocardiograms, EKGs, basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy.
Phlebotomy Technician Certification (PLAB-1023) 96 hours EKG Technician Certification (ECRD-1011) 60 hours Nurse Aide Certification (NURA-1001) 60 hours Nurse Aide Clinical (NURA-1060) 40 hours Patient Care Technician Skills Review (NURA-2005) 24 hours Total 280 hours
EKG Technician or
Nurse Aide programs may be taken in any order however, course prerequisites MUST be completed prior to registration for the different programs.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student is eligible to take the State of Texas Nurse Aide Certification exam as well as the National Center for Competency Testing, NCCT, certification exams for EKG, Phlebotomy and Patient Care Technician Certification.
Registration must be done in person.
The following are
not included in the cost of the Phlebotomy Technician Certification Program and are the responsibility of the student.
For additional information about the Patient Care Technician Program, please call Wanda Snowton at 972-860-4537.